Holly Fox is a “Pantone-loving, lipstick-wearing, jewel-collecting gal that’s not afraid of a little leopard” and channels her graphic design creativity through colourful sugar cookies.
Mikey Nicholson

20 May 2016 - 3:10 PM  UPDATED 20 May 2016 - 3:10 PM

Holly Fox is an LA based graphic designer by day who moonlights as a sugar cookie baker by night. Although, by the looks of her adorable treats on Instagram, you’d be hard pressed to call her a hobby baker - they’re just so damn aesthetically pleasing.



“I’ve baked Christmas cookies with my family for as long as I can remember, but I started trying out royal icing about five - six years ago,” she explains to SBS. “Around that time, I also decided it was time to perfect my own sugar cookie recipe!”



As someone who spends her days using her creative eye for graphic design it probably comes as no surprise that it helps with her delightful cookies. “My graphic design aesthetic is very clean and bold, and I think that naturally carries over to my cookies. I love baking for the shape and colour of the cookies [and] I get my inspiration from everywhere! I love anything bright, colourful, and graphic. Usually when I start mixing my icing colours I don't have a plan, I just wing it!”



For the budding sugar cookie bakers, Fox warns that this biz is no simple feat.  “Oh gosh, [it takes] longer than you think! I'll easily put in a 14-hour shift on a Saturday...those little gems take time!” 



And how does she manage to bake, design, fill orders and live her best life? “Since I'm at the office from 9-5, all of my baking / icing / shipping needs to be done at night and on weekends.  I take Fridays off from anything baking related- it really gives new meaning to TGIF!”



Check out more of Holly Fox's cookies on Instagram or Etsy.

Check out more cookies and baking delights
Red velvet cookies

They might look like colourful macarons, but these red velvet cookies are more kin to the ruby-hued cake of the same name. Filled with a salty-sweet cream cheese mixture, these dainty treats make ideal gifts, be it Christmas, Mother's Day or Valentines. 

Royal icing

This classic icing is a versatile one. Not only is is delicious on biscuits of all varieties, it can be made with a chocolate twist and coloured to suit your fancy. We like ours to be red, like Rudolph's nose, at Christmas time for these wonderful gingerbread cookies.

Iced doughnut cookies

These cookies are for those in the "I can't bake, but want to" camp. The cookie batter is a straightforward one bowl, beat-with-a-wooden-spoon mixture (no beaters!). And you don't need a cookie cutter (they're piped into O-shapes). And the best part: the messier you are, the cuter these cookies look. These biscuits are best eaten within 1-2 days (as if they'd last that long?).